Date: 03 Sep 2011

Temporal and Contextual Dimensions to Individual Positive Development: A Developmental–Contextual Systems Model of Resilience

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Abstract

The author introduces a developmental–contextual model of resilience that takes into account developmental and contextual influences on individuals’ manifest adaptation under adversity. Building on her research reviewing historical cohort data sets in Britain, the author describes multiple contextual factors and their influence on individual functioning over the life course. Her work shows that early experiences in childhood do not necessarily predict negative development later and that assumptions of developmental constancy are overstated.